Andre S. Watson, PsyD, is a Child, Adolescent, Family, and Couples Psychologist in active clinical practice. Legally blind since age 9, he specializes in adjustment to Blindness and other sensory and physical disabilities.
Dr. Watson conducts individual short and long-term therapy with patients dealing with various DSM diagnoses, chronic mental health issues, adjustment disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and relationship problems. He delivers child, family, and couples’ psychotherapy with diverse and underserved populations. Dr. Watson also facilitates adjustment to blindness groups for blind adolescence with the Overbrook School for the Blind. For this, and his dedication to his field, he was honored with the “Excellence in Empathy” award from Widener University.
Dr. Watson has significant teaching and public speaking experience. He delivers speeches to audiences, patients, colleagues, and readers about adjustment issues and the social and emotional changes that individuals and families may expect with a disability. Dr. Watson is the author of the book, Vision in the Dark: How Living in the Dark taught me to see the light. An accomplished athlete, he participated in the 2008 Para Olympics in Beijing, China for Judo.
Dr. Watson on Vision in the Dark
Litigation Support - Dr. Watson provides expert witness services for cases involving the social and emotional adjustment of disabilities. His services include medical record review, thorough reporting, deposition, and trial testimony as needed.
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Tracy L. Skaer, PharmD, FASHP, FASCP is a Professor Emeritus of Pharmacotherapy with over 30 years of pharmaceutical experience. Dr. Skaer's research and professional experience includes pharmacy practice, chronic pain, mental health, substance abuse, and complementary and alternative medicine. She is licensed pharmacist in California, Idaho, and Washington. Dr. Skaer’s current research involves the use of mindfulness and multiple family group problem solving for the Treatment of Chronic Pain in those with high risk of Opioid Use. Her plans are to expand this intervention to manage chronic insomnia and post-traumatic stress disorder in children and adolescents, American Indians, veterans, and other populations. Other research interests include chronic pain, comorbid mental illness in chronic disease, depression, anxiety disorders, insomnia, mindfulness, complementary and alternative medicine, and pharamcoeconomics and pharmacoepidemiology. Her research has been supported by over $3.2 million in grants from foundations and pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Skaer has published 110 professional abstracts, 82 research papers, 43 review articles, and 6 book chapters. She serves on the editorial boards of 3 medical professional journals, Clinical Therapeutics, Journal of Sleep Medicine and Disorders, and Pain Studies and Treatment. Dr. Skaer's publications have appeared in numerous journals including, Drugs, Clinical Drug Investigation, PharmacoEconomics, Journal of Clinical Pharmacy & Therapeutics, American Journal of Medicine, Harvard Review of Psychiatry, and the New England Journal of Medicine among others. View Dr. Skaer's Expert Witness Profile.
Richard M. Sobel, MD, DFAPA, has over 30 years of experience practicing Adult Psychiatry and Pain Management / Medicine. His specialty focus is in Pain Medicine, for which he has sub-specialty board certification, Psychotherapy, and Psychopharmacology. Dr. Sobel believes in a collaborative, mutually-respectful doctor-patient relationship when recovering from mental illness and daunting chronic pain. His treatments include Psychotherapy, Psychopharmacology, Pain management, including medication monitoring, and Suboxone. Specialty Areas:
Dr. Sobel is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical School. A Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Sobel is immediate Past President and continues to serve on the board of the Greater Philadelphia Pain Society, one of six regional chapters of the American Pain Society. He is a Representative of the Pennsylvania Psychiatry Society to the Safe and Effective Prescribing Practices and Pain Management Work Group of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. In 2014, Dr. Sobel was the recipient of the Dean's Award for Excellence in Education at Jefferson Medical College and, in 2013, was nominated Practitioner of the Year by the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society. View Dr. Sobel's Expert Witness Profile.
Dr. Adhia is triple-Board-Certified in Psychiatry, Brain Injury Medicine and Forensic Psychiatry. In addition to forensic/expert witness practice, Dr. Adhia is Medical Director of PACE Mental Health Clinic in the Houston area. His forensic practice focuses on the psychiatric impact of personal injury, abuse, competency, violence, and complicating mental illness. Dr. Adhia evaluates and treats psychiatric injury and disability in victims and alleged abusers. Dr. Adhia is among one of the few Forensic Psychiatrists who is board-certified in Brain Injury Medicine. Often, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can be a major factor in litigation as it can result in psychiatric or neurocognitive impairments. He has treated high-risk patients in security-sensitive settings in correctional facilities and correctional psychiatric hospitals. His expertise in psychopharmacology, the medicine of medication. In addition, Dr. Adhia works with Physicians for Human Rights to assess victims of kidnapping and false imprisonment, human trafficking, undue influence, physical and sexual abuse, rape, and fear of imminent death. In all populations, he assesses PTSD, Anxiety, Depressive Disorders, risk of suicide, and malingering. He is experienced in treatment and impact of drug and alcohol abuse on decision-making. Dr. Adhia has also treated severe psychosis (Schizophrenia, hallucinations) and psychopathology. Dr. Adhia’s findings consider complicating factors, such as emotional distress worsened by physical and emotional isolation from family and support. Other factors are pre-existing mental and physical illness, competency and capacity (e.g. dementia, Intellectual Disability.) As a physician, Dr. Adhia is uniquely qualified to review medical records and doctor reports. Institutional medicine, medical malpractice, and standard of care, apply to both public and private facilities, including government regulated correctional institutions and psychiatric hospitals. Dr. Adhia is skilled in these med-legal issues. Dr. Adhia conducts Independent Medical Examinations, review of records, and reports his med-legal findings and opinions. He is available to testify in civil, criminal, probate, Federal, Immigration and administrative jurisdictions.
Lauren Rich received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Oklahoma, and a Licensed Certified Social Worker in Arkansas. She also holds a certification from the National Association of Forensic Counselors as a Clinically Certified Sex Offender Therapist and is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Candidate. Ms. Rich currently works with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Eastern Oklahoma as a PTSD Psychotherapist where she interviews Veterans and families to establish facts as part of a comprehensive psychosocial assessment and treatment. Her specialty areas of training include:
Ms. Rich's proficiency with Veterans of combat trauma and those in Federal law enforcement is evidenced by client testimonials. She uses these same techniques on her passion, the prevention of sexual abuse, which extends into helping those who are convicted sex offenders and those who are "non-offending pedophiles."
Litigation Support - Lauren Rich provides civil and criminal expert witness services for cases involving mental health diagnoses. She evaluates and assesses clients who are in all phases of the legal system. Ms. Rich helps clients create a better defense, know when to take a plea deal, and advocate for the best interest of your client. Ms. Rich will guide clients through the latest research on mental health, sex addiction, available therapies, and other ongoing treatment options. Her trial consultation services enable courts and juries to make better-informed decisions by cutting through professional jargon and legalese to persuasively engage the audience.
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Michael Levittan, Ph.D. is an Expert Witness, Psychotherapist, Media Consultant, and Lecturer at UCLA Extension and California Graduate Institute. Dr. Levittan works as an expert witness on cases involving domestic violence, child abuse, post-traumatic stress, anger issues, child custody, school violence. He is director of a certified Domestic Violence/Anger Management program and has numerous articles published on violence and abuse.
Dr. Levittan presents at UCLA, National Alliance on Mental Illness, L.A. Superior Court, U.S. Marines, Hillsides Children's Home, Loyola Marymount Univ, International Conference on Violence, Abuse, Trauma, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Grief & Loss Conference, The Maple Center, Womens Shelters.
Dr. Levittan's website: www.michaellevittan.com.